Past Speakers

2017 Speaker Series


David Cobb, Cenacolista
December 7, 2017
(PEARL HARBOR DAY)Witness to the Day that Lives in Infamy

Peter Chiarella, Cenacolista
December 14, 2017
Pursuing My Heritage
*This month’s programs arranged by Jim Boitano.


George Yamasaki and Bill Dito, Cenacolista
November 2, 2017
The Great American Songbook—With a Twist!

Marc Goldyne, Ukulele Accompanied by Eric Rindal, Steel Guitar
November 9, 2017
A Brief History of the Ukulele (With Classic Hawaiian Songs)

Ernest Beyl
November 16, 2017
Seekers of the Good Life: North Beach and San Francisco Then and Now
* This month’s programs arranged by Bill Dito.



Kip Cranna, Cenacolista
October 5, 2017
The 2017-18 San Francisco Opera Season

Phil Pasquini
October 12, 2017
Domes, Arches and Minarets: A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America

Dr. Lisa Pieraccini
October 19, 2017
The Life and Afterlife of the Etruscan Banquet

Alex Kugushev, Cenacolista
October 26, 2017
La Sagrada Familia
* This month’s programs arranged by David T. Giannini.


September 7 & 14, 2017
No meetings as per Board decision.*

Charles Fracchia
September 21, 2017
The Future of Il Cenacolo Through the Eyes of a Savvy Friend

Ken Sproul, Moderator
September 28, 2017
North Beach and the Italian Bay Area Community as Remembered by Cenacolisti
* This month’s programs arranged by Ken Sproul.

JULY 2017

Stewart Hume, Cenacolista
July 6, 2017
Early Days of the San Francisco Opera

Carol Faenzi
July 13. 2017
The Stonecutter’s Aria: From Italy to Indiana

Arthur Roth
July 20, 2017
From the Battle of the Bulge to the Nuremberg Trials

Lido Cantarutti, Cenacolista
July 27, 2017
The Italian Film Festival in Marin
* This month’s programs arranged by Marv Pheffer.

JUNE 2017

Volkan Sevilgen
June 1, 2017
Liquefaction and Landslide Potential of Quakes and Faults Near You

Jim Boitano, Cenacolista
June 8, 2017
A Plan to Change Florentine History

Kathleen Gonzalez
June 15, 2017
The Venetian Ghetto

Mike Prior, Cenacolista
June 22, 2017
An Expedition to Nagaland

June 29, 2017
* This month’s programs arranged by Jonathan West.

MAY 2017

During May, learn how two Italian organizations were formed 100 years ago to assist their Italian immigrant brothers and sisters to navigate the American system and become citizens of their adopted country.

Andy Canepa, Cenacolista & Anna Maria Pierini, Executive Director, ICS
May 4, 2017
100-Year History of the Italian Community Services

Nickolas Marinelli, Cenacolista
May 11, 2017
The SFIAC: The Last Stronghold of the Italian Neighborhood

Alex Kugushev, Cenacolista
May 18. 2017
Luminous Patagonia

May 25, 2017
Il Cenacolo Through the Eyes of our Presidents
* This month’s programs arranged by Ron Derenzi.

APRIL 2017

Tony Kilgallin, Cenacolista
April 6, 2017
Marshall, Marconi and Mazzei: A Tomales Bay Story

Bill Hodges
April 13, 2017
The USS Potomac—A Part of History in the San Francisco Bay

Moderator: Jim Boitano
April 20, 2017
OPEN SESSION:The Legends of Il Cenacolo

Douglas Kenning
April 27, 2017
Sicily—Crossroads of History and Civilizations
* This month’s programs arranged by Jim Boitano.

MARCH 2017

Chris Danesi and Brandee Clark
March 2, 2017
Burning Man: an American Phenomenon

Catherine Accardi
March 9, 2017
San Francisco Legend: Naughty Landmarks and Scandalous Stories

March 16, 2017
OPEN SESSION:What Italy Means to You

Jack Rubyn, Cenacolista
March 23, 2017
Il Piemonte and the Alluring White Truffle

Tony Guzzardo
March 30, 2017
History, Design, and Development of the Redwood Parkat the Transamerica Pyramid
* This month’s programs arranged by David Cobb.


Antonio Rossman, Cenacolista
February 2, 2017
The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run

Lisa Pieraccini
February 9, 2017
Projecting Ancient Rome: Fact, Fantasy and Fiction

Myron Marx, MD, Cenacolista
February 16, 2017
The Secrets of the Mummies

February 23, 2017
OPEN SESSION:Italians Excelling through the Ages—Except in Governance…
* This month’s programs arranged by Alex Kugushev.


January 5, 2017
Open Session

Angela Cincotta
January 12, 2017
San Francisco’s Dungeness Crab and Domoic Acid

Francine Brevetti
January 19, 2017
Preserve your Life Stories for your Loved Ones

Mauro Zanetti
January 26, 2017
Italian Life Style and “Made in Italy” in the Global Competition
* This month’s programs arranged by David Giannini